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NY Times: Silicon Valley Cites Concern Amid Glee on Microsoft Case

Nov 08, 1999, 18:12 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lohr, John Markoff )

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"... any satisfaction that the judge shares the prevailing Silicon Valley view of Microsoft is offset here by concern that his document is a step toward greater government intervention in the high-tech economy."

"Just what does and does not belong in a computer operating system can make for fascinating and impassioned debate among software programmers. But having a federal court or the government second guess such decisions is something that makes many industry executives and experts leery, even those who are critical of Microsoft."

"In an interview, Ballmer said that the rise of new technologies like Web-based software and the Linux operating system represented a "cataclysmic change" in the software business. "We have no guaranteed position in this new Internet era," he said. "To me, it sure doesn't feel like we control things."

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